Thursday, December 14, 2017

Online Publicity of Christmas Feria & Parade

This is on CATUCA's website and they hope shared by other like this.
 Fliers are just not done much here with word-of-mouth the main publicity.
Everyone just knows when it is happening except some segregated gringos. 

See my photo gallery People & Fiestas.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Merry Christmas!

One of my photos of a Collared Aracari in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica -- eating of course!  :-)

Or for a more traditional message and a different bird photo, see my Christmas card on Facebook.

And for more Costa Rica Birds see the photo gallery.

It is Christmas Time here! The children and teens are out of school and out of uniforms as the seniors graduated yesterday and summer vacation has started. Happy sounds! Schools begin a new year in February.

The rains have stopped and the wind is blowing; dry season is here. Soon some businesses will close for two weeks or more and when I get to the beach 22 December it will be crowded with more Ticos than foreign tourists.

My gardener team said goodbye today, "Hasta proxima anos!" They will see me next year. Mid December until January is vacation time for many people and even more so a family time. The week between Christmas and New Years Atenas will look like a ghost town with little going on beyond the always open super mercados and farmacias. Peaceful too! I will be gone on my trip to Tambor Bay December 22-27 and reporting in daily right here on this blog! (If internet connection!)

And hoping you have the joy and tranquility of Costa Rica during your Christmas celebration!

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Alajuela Today

Alajuela City Christmas Tree in Juan Santamaria Park - BIG!
 And yes, overcast, windy, and cold for us in the 60's!
 Alajuela, Costa Rica

 Alajuela, Costa Rica 

Variegated Squirrel, Central Park
 Alajuela, Costa Rica

Cathedral of Alajuela with staff working on incomplete Christmas decorations
The manger scene parts were outside and not assembled yet.
 Alajuela, Costa Rica 

The touristy look of my photos today is because I was showing Alajuela to a newcomer to Atenas and he learned how to ride the bus to Alajuela today and saw downtown for first time. And we had lunch at Jalapenos Central Restaurant where a British friend in Atenas walked in and joined us. Fun! My other reason for going was to return a Timex Watch to the Alajuela Walmart where they said they would send it to be repaired within 15 work days or by first of next year. If not repaired satisfactorily they will refund my money. Fair enough (cheap watch). With a cell phone I don't have to have a watch, but got it for the quicker convenience of seeing the time. If not repaired, I will not replace it.

My photo gallery on Alajuela

Monday, December 11, 2017

Zooave Given Excellence Award

This is "My Zoo" or the closest one to Atenas, 16.1 km or 10 miles.

Zooave is recognized for 
it's high quality of animal care.

Read this online article about the excellence award it and one other place in Costa Rica received. Not all places labeled "Animal Rescue" are high quality!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Happy Family Culture in Atenas

While waiting on a parade to start last year this Atenas father leads several waiting children in a game.
 As I did my daily walk through town today, not seeing a memorable photo op, I thought of this old one.
 It is so typical of the happiest people on earth right here in the center of Costa Rica!
Glad I live here!
Atenas, Costa Rica 

See also my photo gallery PEOPLE & FIESTAS.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Advertising the Small Town Christmas Fair & Parade

Friday-Sunday, Art & Music Festival in Central Park
 Sunday Night Conclusion with Light Parade
Not advertised this well the last 2 years

There is a good chance you will see some photos of the feria and festival on this blog!   :-)
The 3-day feria is a Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair with a stage for live music.

I missed it last year (2016) and don't know why except for Angel Tree and preparation for my trip to Sarapiqui over Christmas Week and more Christmas parties.

My excuse for missing it in 2015:  "TOO MANY CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES!"  :-)  blog post
Or more specifically I was at a Christmas Dinner that night which I won't do this year!

So I'm bound and determined to see both this year! Some here say "Festival de la Luz" is the best parade of the year. I'll give my opinion after the 16th.  :-)

Other culture photos in my gallery PEOPLE & FIESTAS